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Couple Marks 70th Anniversary September 7, 2018

James and Wilda Drake of Lancaster celebrated their 70th anniversary on Sept. 11.

They were married on Sept. 11, 1948, at Rockhill Church of the Brethren in Rockhill by pastor Myrl Weyant.

Mr. and Mrs. Drake are the parents of Shirley, wife of Dennis Bushong, of Lancaster; Judy, wife of Gary Bowser, of York; and the late Rowena Rowe. They have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army in Panama during World War II. He retired from Armstrong World Industries. He previously worked at High Steele Industries, Lancaster Malleable Castings, Moore's Chicks, Georgia Pacific, and as a farmer.

Mrs. Drake graduated from Saltillo High School. She worked as a hairdresser, as well as for Hamilton Watch and Hubley's Toys, and served as a nurse's aide at the former St. Joseph's Hospital.

The couple attends Hempfield Church of the Brethren.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary September 6, 2018

Terry and Joyce Hornberger Gehman celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 25 at a surprise drop-in party at Greenfield Inn in Lancaster. The party was hosted by the couple's daughters and their families.

Terry and Joyce met in 1963 at a dance at the Ephrata Rec Center while Terry was playing in a band. Joyce asked him to dance during one of his breaks.

The Gehmans were married at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Ephrata by the Rev. Franklin Patschke and the Rev. David Ebersole on Aug. 25, 1968.

They have two daughters, Angela, wife of Tom Berkosky of Gilbertsville, and Lisa, wife of Geoffrey Schreibeis of Abingdon, Md.

Terry was a professional musician at an early age. He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1965 and Lebanon Valley College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in music education. He taught for 33 years in the Conestoga Valley School District. He and Joyce also operated a music production company, Anjoli Productions, for 35 years, booking entertainment throughout the Northeast.

Joyce graduated from Ephrata High School in 1966. She then graduated from Judy Greenwood Modeling School and was a professional freelance model most of her life. She was also a stay-at-home mom and much later in life retired from Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, Hellers, in Leola as a church secretary.

Terry and Joyce love traveling in their RV. They have visited all 50 states and have traveled extensively in Europe on river cruises, as well as taking ocean cruises.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary August 31, 2018

The Rev. Wayne and Mary Lou Lawton of Elizabethtown celebrated their 60th anninversary in August with a special family dinner at Camp Hebron in Halifax.

They were married on Sept. 4, 1958, in Aurora, Colo. The Rev. and Mrs. Lawton are the parents of Miriam Nissley and Ruth Stewart. They have 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Lawton is retired from licensed child care. The Rev. Lawton is the pastor of Cedar Hill Church in Elizabethtown.


Neffs Celebrate 50th Anniversary August 22, 2018

Dale and Bonita Goheen Neff recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party held by family and friends on Aug. 18. They were married on Aug. 3, 1968, at Lebanon Lutheran Church near Felton.

The couple has a son, Trevor Neff.

Both graduated from Red Lion High School, where they met. They live in Dallastown. They have been singing gospel music for 49 years and currently sing with Greatly Blessed, a Southern gospel music group.

Bonnie works at Sam's Club and Better Hearing. Dale coaches baseball. He coached at Penn State for 10 years as an assistant and has also coached with Jacobus Baseball Club in the Susquehanna League.

The couple attends church at the Windsor Church of God.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary August 14, 2018

High school sweethearts Robert "Bob" Lawrence and Tamalyn "Tami" Jo Heim of Willow Street celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 10. They were married on June 10, 1978, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Auburn.

Bob is a 1978 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after a 23-year Air Force career as a B-52 instructor pilot, and currently he serves as a Southwest Airlines captain.

Tami is a 1980 graduate of Texas Tech University and earned the rank of captain in the Air Force as an executive officer. She has been a stay-at-home wife and mother for more than 30 years.

The Heims have four children: Bobbi Garrett, wife of Steve of Willow Street; Joshua, husband of Kari of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Kendralyn, wife of Josh of Spring Hill, Tenn.; and Rebekah, wife of Nathaniel of Neffsville. They have eight grandchildren and another one due in September.

The Heims are members of Calvary Church. Bob and Tami each have a Master of Arts in religion from Liberty University, and the couple plans to rejuvenate a marriage ministry.

Bob and Tami celebrated their anniversary with an all-inclusive family dinner. They also plan to travel to Washington state in the fall.


Couple Marks 70th Anniversary June 22, 2018

Austin and Mary Houck Lammey of Elverson celebrated their 70th anniversary on June 17 with a celebration with their family at their home.

They were married on June 13, 1948, at Mount Carmel Methodist Church near Elverson by the Rev. Robert Pike and the Rev. William Shelton.

Mr. and Mrs. Lammey are the parents of Ronald Lammey, Randall Lammey, and Curtis Lammey, all of Elverson. They have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Lammey are both retired from Lammey's General Store in Elverson. The couple attends Goodwill United Methodist Church in Elverson.


La Academia Marks 20 Years June 20, 2018

La Academia: The Partnership Charter School commemorated its 20th anniversary with a celebration party at Mulberry Art Studios on June 1. Aida Ceara, board president, thanked the community for its support of the school.

La Academia will continue its dedication and commitment to serving Lancaster County youths as it recently received a five-year re-charter from the School District of Lancaster. It was a unanimous vote from the School District of Lancaster's school board on May 22.

The school's mission is being strategically refined as well as it envisions for its next 20 years and beyond. La Academia has formed a partnership with the Lancaster County STEM Alliance to create a foundation to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school for students in grades six through 12.

La Academia is the only brick and mortar charter school in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The school has an enrollment of 200 students and was founded with the help of several local community organizations that partnered together to get the school its first charter. The school offers a small individualized program for students in Lancaster County from area school districts. For more information, readers may visit or search for "La Academia: The Partnership Charter School" on Facebook.


Couple Marks 65th Anniversary June 20, 2018

James "Jim" and Dorothy "Dottie" Prescott Kuntzelman of Lancaster celebrated their 65th anniversary on June 7. A family celebration will be held in the summer.

The Kuntzelmans were married on June 7, 1953, at Bainbridge Church of God in Bainbridge by the Rev. John Weaver.

They are the parents of Patricia Miller of Webster, N.Y.; Julia Heisey of Timisoara, Romania; Susan Howard of Millville, N.J.; and Edward Kuntzelman of Mount Joy. There are 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

The couple worships at Faith Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Jim is retired from Elizabethtown Creamery and Oregon Dairy.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary June 15, 2018

Sam and Joyce Carroll of Palmyra celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 1 with a surprise party hosted by their children. Family and friends were in attendance. The Carrolls were presented with a trip to Mackinac Island.

The couple was married on June 1, 1968 at Ironville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Harold Ulmer.

They are the parents of Catherine Groff of Palmyra, Cynthia Brubaker of Palmyra, and Samuel Carroll of Elizabethtown. There are four grandchildren.

The couple worships at First Evangelical Congregational Church in Palmyra.

Sam is retired, but still works part time at Miller-Bixler Auto Parts in Palmyra. Joyce is retired.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary June 11, 2018

James "Jim" and Sue Rohrer of Manheim celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 10. They plan to take their family on a cruise of the Mediterranean and a tour of Rome, Italy.

The Rohrers were married on June 10, 1978, at Westminster Presbyterian in Lancaster by the Rev. Wilbur Siddons.

They are the parents of Briana Baum, wife of Nate, York; Brittany Nolt, wife of Cameron, Mount Joy; and James Austin, Manheim. There are two grandchildren.

The couple worships at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church in Manheim.

Jim is retired from FLSmidth and Rohrer's Body Shop, both in Manheim.

Sue is employed part time by Lititz Rec Center in Lititz. She also worked as a wellness director and aquatic director in the past.


Waltmans Celebrate 70th Anniversary May 30, 2018

Ralph E. and Mary E. Waltman of Quarryville celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 3 with a drop-in celebration with friends and family at their home.

They were married on June 5, 1948, at Faith Church by the Rev. Dyrness.

They are the parents of Dave Waltman, Quarryville; the late Carol Brackbill; Tom Waltman, Quarryville; Bob Waltman, Quarryville; Marty Waltman, Washington; Darryl Swartz, Indiana; the late Gary Swartz; Ruth Kline, Quarryville; and Tammy Harrison, Strasburg. They have 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Waltman is retired after working as a self-employed excavator. Mrs. Waltman was a foster mother. They attend Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Quarryville.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary April 19, 2018

James and Celia (Heindel) Whorl celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 13. They were married on April 13, 1968, at Mount Zion United Church of Christ in York.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Whorl were born and raised in the York area. Mr. Whorl graduated from William Penn High School and York College, and Mrs. Whorl graduated from Northeastern High School.

They are the parents of Angie Lucabaugh, wife of Chad Lucabaugh, and Michelle Kohr, wife of Stacey Kohr. They have four grandchildren: Colin, Ashlie, Owen, and Savannah.

Mr. and Mrs. Whorl enjoy attending their grandchildrens' sporting events and activities, as well as traveling throughout the U.S. and internationally.


Couple Celebrates 60th Anniversary April 18, 2018

Gene and Betty Phillips celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 6.

Gene and Betty both attended Scott High School in Coatesville. Gene graduated in 1953 and served for 18 months in the military in Korea. Betty graduated in 1954 and then attended Chester Hospital Nursing School, graduating in 1957.

After they were married in 1958, Gene and Betty first lived in a small apartment in Coatesville. They had two children, Eugene Herbert Phillips Jr. and Holly Jean Phillips. The family enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay, camping, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles and traveling.

While Gene has held various jobs over the years, he is best known for being the owner of Gene's Auto Sales in Coatesville and later Gene's Machines in Elverson, which he ran for 35 years. Betty enjoys gardening and grows much of their food. They are members of the Ebenezer Bible Chapel.

The couple has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Kauffmans Celebrate 65th Anniversary February 23, 2018

Robert and Miriam Kauffman of Mount Joy celebrated their 65th anniversary on Feb. 18 with their family, including their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, while enjoying dinner at an Amish home.

The Kauffmans were married on Feb. 14, 1953, in New Danville.

They are the parents of Sue Kauffman Unger of Elizabethtown, Linda Brown of Mount Joy, and Steve Kauffman of Manheim. There are seven grandchildren, plus spouses, and six great-grandchildren.

Robert and Miriam are retired from dairy farming. They attend Community Bible Church.


Hakes Celebrate 62nd Anniversary February 21, 2018

Roy Jr. and Evelyn Hake of Windsor celebrated 62 years of marriage on Feb. 18. They were married on Feb. 18, 1956, by the justice of the peace.

They are the parents of Tina Coeyman, Tammy McHugh, Debra Smeltzer, and Michael Hake. They have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Roy is retired from Alloy Rods in Hanover. As a young man, he spent time at the sprint car tracks in York County. He taught his children to be hardworking, honest, and respectful and to put God first. Evelyn was a housewife, and she is known for her homemade potpie and chicken salad. She enjoys cooking, cleaning, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary February 2, 2018

Jay and Anne E. Myers of Columbia celebrated their 60th anniversary on Feb. 1. They were married on Feb. 1, 1958, in Maryland.

They are the parents of Terry Fichthorn, wife of Tim, of Lititz; Tammy DeJesus, wife of Jesse, of Mount Joy; Debra Stum of Columbia; Dawn Mellinger, wife of Ben, of East Petersburg; and Cindy Zimmerman, wife of Doug, of Manheim. They have 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The couple worships at Wrightsville Assembly of God.

Jay is retired from Edward Armstrong and Sons. Anne is retired from Yorgey's Dry Cleaners in Elizabethtown.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary February 2, 2018

Donald and Geraldine Hershey of Manheim celebrated their 60th anniversary on Feb. 1. They were married at Hernley Mennonite Church on Feb. 1, 1958.

The Hersheys have three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Fadelys Celebrate 50th Anniversary January 24, 2018

Eileen K. and Edward R. Fadely Sr. of Dover recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The celebration took place on Jan. 6 in the fellowship hall at Calvary Lutheran, where a luncheon was attended by 125 guests.

The couple was married on Jan. 3, 1968, at Rohler's Lutheran Church in Dover by the late Rev. Donald Warner.

They are the parents of Edward R. Jr., husband of Jennifer Fadely, Lewisberry, and Jennifer F., wife of Timothy McCleary, York. They have four grandchildren.

They attend Calvary Lutheran Church in Dover.

Edward is retired from First Capital Federal Credit Union in York. Eileen is retired from Dentsply International in York.

Eileen is the daughter of the late Elmer and Ruth Spangler, and Edward is the son of the late William and Wella Fadely.


Couple Marks 65th Anniversary January 15, 2018

James and Virginia Robertson of York celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 6. The couple's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gave them a surprise anniversary party at Church of the Open Door.

They were married on Jan. 3, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are the parents of Joni Sipling of Palmyra, Beth Hostetter of Willow Street, Rodd Robertson of York, and Tim Robertson of York. They have 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

The couple attends Church of the Open Door. Mr. Robertson is retired from York Corrugating Company. Mrs. Robertson is retired from the York County Courthouse.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary December 14, 2017

Ken and Verdella Stauffer are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married at Salem Church in Manheim on Dec. 24, 1967.

They have one son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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